Oz Before the Rainbow

Oz Before the Rainbow

L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz on Stage and Screen to 1939

Book - 2000
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Although the obvious source for the 1939 MGM musical The Wizard of Oz was L. Frank Baum's children's book, the author reminds readers in this text that various stage and screen dramatizations of Baum's story preceded and influenced the 1939 film. Musical-comedy elements in the MGM film, extensive scenes with the Kansas farmhands, and even the ending in which Dorothy realizes that her visit to Oz was only a dream, all originated in stage or film versions rather than in the pages of Baum's book. This illustrated text contains rare photographs, film stills, sketches, theatre programmes and movie advertisements from the different productions.
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000.
ISBN: 9780801864773
0801864771
Branch Call Number: 1
Characteristics: xii, 291 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm.

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thomqui
Jul 22, 2015

If you are a fan of the 1939 film like me, you will find this book fascinating. The author details stage and screen dramatizations before the iconic film version in a lively, interesting way. Great illustrations, and know that the silent movies he refers to are on YOUTUBE!

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